US, Saudi Arabia on high alert over intelligence of impending Iranian attack: report
The United States and Saudi Arabia are on high alert after Saudi intelligence shared with the United States indicated that Iran is planning to launch an attack on targets in Saudi Arabia, the Wall Street Journal reported.
Officials from both countries told the Journal about concerns about future attacks. Saudi officials said that in addition to Saudi Arabia, Iran is also looking to strike Erbil, Iraq, where the American troops are located. The planned attacks are said to be aimed at a distraction from the protests that have taken place in Iran against the leadership of the Islamic nation.
Pentagon press secretary Air Force Brig. Gen. Pat Ryder said Tuesday during a press briefing that the United States remains “concerned” about “the threat situation in the region” and is “in regular contact” with Saudi officials.
“We will reserve the right to protect and defend ourselves, no matter where our forces serve, whether in Iraq or elsewhere,” Ryder said, declining to provide information on any specific threats.
Iran has warned Saudi Arabia opposed covering the protests on Farsi news stations and accused Saudi Arabia, Israel and the United States of being responsible for them.
“This is our last warning because you are interfering in our internal affairs through these media,” Major Gen. Hossein Salami said in remarks reported by Iranian state media, according to the Journal. “You are involved in this matter and you know you are vulnerable.”
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